Hi, I'm new here, but I thought I'd share. I started having terrible depression and anxiety when I was 8 years old, and then was diagnosed with type I when I was 10. I don't know that the two are related in my case, because the type I (sudden onset) came after the depression by two years.
Murphey, I just thought I'd share that Topomax, from my understanding, can be used for neuropathy but is also a psychoactive drug, often used as an anti-psychotic. I had a doctor (a real quack, in my opinion) who put me on it once. I felt HORRIBLE. I don't know that it made my depression worse, but it certainly didn't make it better and made me feel really woozy and disconnected at the same time. I got off that stuff FAST. If it's helping your neuropathy, that's great, but just pay attention to what it does to you. Like I said, it is psychoactive, so it can mess with your mind, for good or bad.
In the 20 years that I've been on anti-depressants, I think I've tried everything except Zoloft and Cymbalta. I don't know that any of them had an effect on my bloodsugar, for what that's worth. I am currently on Wellbutrin XL, Lexapro, and Abilify, and occasionally Ativan for anxiety.
Oh, and while I agree that there is definitely great stigma associated with all of this, and I totally understand if no one wants to admit they have these issues in public, I personally try to fight the stigma by telling all sorts of people. Everyone at work knows that I see a psychiatrist and take meds for depression. Of course, I work in a hospital so there might be more understanding than in another environment, but I choose to talk about it as if there's nothing to be ashamed of--it's just a fact of life--and hope that others follow my lead. And of course, I did kind of establish myself there before I brought it up--I'm not suggesting you bring it up in a job interview. But I do think the more we talk about these things and show people that perfectly "normal" people have them, the less stigma there will be. So again, I don't blame anyone for not wanting to talk about it, but I think for those who want to, it's a good thing.
29 yo female with two fuzzy children: a Pom named Snuggles and a Pom mix named PomPom.
Health History: Type I diabetes (19 years), allergies/asthma, hypothyroidism, osteopenia & multiple fractures, iron-deficiency anemia, Crohn's (of course), and depression (go figure.)
Crohn's History: May have had it since I was 11 (1988-89), definitely have had it since I was 15, was diagnosed when I was 25 (2003), was un-diagnosed in 2005 and re-diagnosed June 2007.